Well, we are going to have a new ODI world champion come this Sunday in the world cup 2019. England and New Zealand both managed to shock their much-heralded opponents to reach the finals. Neither of these teams has won the championship so far in the history of ODI world cups. So, history will be made on Sunday when black caps take on the Brits in an unexpected final encounter at Lord’s. England was the pre-tournament favorites to reach the finals and they have reached there as they fairly thumped the arch-rivals Australia at Edgbaston and reached the last round of the tournament. New Zealand pipped India to the post and made it to the finals in Manchester yesterday.
England Team Preparations
England after those 3 defeats in the league stages was doubtful for a place in the semifinals. But they go there in the end with two victories in their last two matches in the league stages. They pretty much annihilated Australia in the semis and are the hot contenders for the title. It was a completely one-sided affair today after that thriller between India and New Zealand yesterday. The England bowlers especially Jofra Archer and Chris Woaks were bang on the money right through their quota of overs in the semifinals against Australia. The spinner Adil Rashid was a useful ally to them and as he helped by taking crucial wickets to ensure that Australia did not get away to a big total. In their run chase, England was merciless as they pounded their way to that modest total of 223 runs set by Australia to book a place in the finals. Things look great for England to lift their first ever world cup at the moment unless the Kiwis have something to say about it and they will have their pledge to consider. Jason Roy and Johny Bairstow were brilliant as they attacked the frontline Aussie bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon to ensure that the Aussies didn’t get a sniff. The remaining job after the openers left the center stage was clinically finished by Joe Root and the skipper Eoin Morgan.
New Zealand Team Preparations
The Kiwis provided the upset of the tournament when they beat the rampant Indian side in the semifinals. Batting first New Zealand raised a total of 239 for 8 in their stipulated quota of overs. It was a modest score against a powerful Indian batting lineup. But this batting lineup chose a wrong time to prove everyone wrong and collapsed promptly to leave things in the hands of the usual suspect MS Dhoni to try and get them through. Dhoni responded, as usual, taking things deep and he found a useful ally in Jadeja and together they nearly got India home from an improbable position at one stage. New Zealand dealt early blows to the Indian batting lineup with Matt Henry removing both openers with practically nothing on the board. Virat Kohli also failed for once and although Rushabh Pant and Hardik Pandya staged a brief recovery it was never going to be enough against the professional New Zealand bowling attack which bowled straight and to a plan. The heroics of Jadeja and Dhoni were not enough to get India past New Zealand. Earlier the Kiwi batsmen Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson played grinding innings to take the New Zealand total to a respectable one. It looked like a modest total but was to be enough.
It is never easy to predict the result of a final of a cricket world cup event. Any side which has got through to the finals is capable of beating the other on their day. However, given the overall performance and after assessing the current form and capabilities of individual players, England start as favorites for lifting their maiden world cup. But New Zealand is looking for their first win as well. So, you can expect a closely fought affair here with small things going one way or the other and deciding the outcome of the match.
New Zealand, England.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Lord’s, London.
Timing: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 3 PM IST, 10.30 AM GMT.
TV: Sky Sports.
Live Streaming: NOW TV.